Also from SABIC are two products in a new line of LNP Thermocomp specialty compounds reinforced with wood flour and curauá fiber (extracted from the leaves of a member of the bromeliad plant family in South America). LNP Thermocomp PX07444 is a polyamide (PA)-6 nylon reinforced with up to 20 percent curauá fiber. This new LNP Thermocomp grade — while not identical in properties to glass-reinforced PA-6 — is a potential substitute for glass-filled nylon in some automotive interior components. It provides a strength-to-weight advantage with good surface aesthetics, and reportedly is not as abrasive as glass or mineral reinforcement. LNP Thermocomp MX07442, a 30 percent wood flour/polypropylene (PP) compound, is aimed at replacing wood because, in addition to having a similar appearance, it is more resistant to fungi and has better dimensional stability than natural wood. Compared to unfilled PP or 30 percent mineral-reinforced PP, its lower specific gravity gives it greater flexural strength with no loss of impact strength. It can be extruded and injection molded.
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